Aug 25, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Nowaske (59) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas (80) in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Young makes progress but Panthers fall to Lions

The Detroit Lions used a 20-point second quarter to topple the Carolina Panthers 26-17 Friday night in their preseason finale in Charlotte, NC.

Teddy Bridgewater led the Lions offense for the entire first half, getting into scoring range on all but one drive. He hit on 13 of his 22 pass attempts for 178 yards and one touchdown.

Stephon Gilmore added an 11-yard pick-six off Jake Luton with just three minutes remaining to cement the lead for Detroit.

The highlight of the day for Bridgewater was a 70-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Antoine Green in the second quarter. Green caught the pass from Bridgewater at Carolina’s 48-yard line and sprinted to the end zone untouched.

First overall pick Bryce Young continued to improve. He led the Panthers to a field goal and a touchdown in his two drives. He completed seven of 12 passes for 73 yards and added a 16-yard scoring strike to Adam Thielen.

Adrian Martinez and Nate Sudfeld took over behind center for Bridgewater in the second half, totaling just 56 yards passing between them.

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Tennessee Titans running back Julius Chestnut (36)scores a touchdown past New England Patriots linebacker Diego Fagot (42) during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.

Titans’ defense dominates Pats in preseason finale

The Tennessee Titans’ defense allowed just 79 total yards in a 23-7 victory over the New England Patriots on Friday in Nashville.

The game concluded the preseason for both teams.

Michael Dwumfour had two of the Titans’ six sacks, and Tennessee recovered two fumbles by Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe.

The starting quarterbacks for the Titans, Ryan Tannehill, and the Patriots, Mac Jones, did not play.

Malik Willis played the whole game at QB for Tennessee (2-1), completing 15 of 20 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Titans running back Jacques Patrick gained 76 yards on 15 carries.

Zappe finished 8 of 15 for 57 yards for New England (1-2). Trace McSorley and Malik Cunningham combined to throw three passes, all of them incomplete.

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Aug 19, 2023; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (17) carries the ball against Arizona Cardinals linebacker Zaven Collins (25) in the first half of a preseason game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Chiefs rack up 504 yards, batter Cardinals 38-10

The Kansas City Chiefs rolled up 504 yards of offense — including nearly 400 through the air — in a preseason blowout of the host Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 105 yards and a touchdown, Blaine Gabbert contributed 120 yards passing and two TDs, and even Shane Buechele threw for 105 yards on 10-for-10 passing. Buechele also added a rushing TD. Chris Oladokun, the Chiefs’ fourth QB on the night, also added 63 yards through the air.

The highlight for the Cardinals was Matt Prater’s 54-yard field goal.

Clayton Tune completed 12 of 24 passes for 133 yards for the Cardinals, also leading the team with 35 rushing yards on six carries.

Mahomes started and played three series and was followed by Buechele.

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Aug 19, 2023; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Teammates look on as New England Patriots cornerback Isaiah Bolden (7) is taken off the field on a stretcher after a fourth quarter injury against the Green Bay Packers during their preseason football game at Lambeau Field. The game was suspended in the fourth quarter after the injury. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Pats-Packers suspended after Isaiah Bolden stretchered off

Saturday night’s preseason game between New England and host Green Bay Packers was suspended in the fourth quarter after Patriots rookie cornerback Isaiah Bolden was stretchered off the field after a collision.

Bolden was injured by a teammate. Calvin Munson inadvertently hit Bolden in the head while tackling Packers receiver Malik Heath.

After Bolden left the field, the teams decided to suspend the game with 10:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Patriots were leading the game, 21-17.

The team said Bolden had feeling in “all his extremities,” adding he would be taken to a local hospital for “tests and observation.”

Bolden is a seventh-round draft pick out of Jackson State.

Bailey Zappe completed 10 of 22 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Pats. He also rushed for a score.

Jordan Love threw for 84 yards and a touchdown for the Packers. Sean Clifford threw for 137 yards after replacing Love.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Trey Palmer (10) catches a touchdown pass as New York Jets cornerback Derrick Langford (36) looks on in the first half of a preseason NFL game at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, in East Rutherford.

Bucs get past Jets but QB John Wolford injures neck

Rookie receiver Trey Palmer scored the only touchdown of the game on a 33-yard pass from Kyle Trask as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New York Jets 13-6 on Saturday night in a preseason game in East Rutherford, N.J.

Trask launched the pass to the end zone, where Palmer — a sixth-round draft pick out of Nebraska — tipped the ball in the air before securing it with two hands for Tampa Bay’s first lead, 10-6, with 1:53 left in the second quarter.

Trask, with Baker Mayfield on the sidelines, was 20-of-28 passing for 218 yards and the touchdown. Teammate John Wolford was 4-for-4 for 57 yards before leaving the game with a neck injury in the third quarter after getting sacked by Jets defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes. Wolford was taken off the field by stretcher.

The Bucs announced that Wolford had movement in his extremities and was being taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Tampa Bay’s Chase McLaughlin added a 48-yard field goal with 11:07 left in the fourth quarter for the seven-point advantage.

Greg Zuerlein accounted for all of New York’s points with 31- and 38-yard field goals in the second quarter.

Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 35-yarder to get the Bucs on the board and tie the game at 3-3 in the second quarter.

With Aaron Rodgers sitting out the game, Jets backup quarterback Zach Wilson completed 9 of 13 passes for 70 yards and led the team in rushing with two carries for a game-high 41 yards, including a 35-yard run.

New York’s third-string quarterback Tim Boyle was 13-for-24 for 106 yards with one interception.

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Aug 19, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger (4) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Ehlinger, Colts reserves rally past Bears

Indianapolis backup quarterback Sam Ehlinger guided the host Colts to the final 17 points of the game, all in the fourth quarter, to rally past the Chicago Bears 24-17 on Saturday night in an NFL preseason game.

Both teams sat their starting quarterbacks: the Bears’ Justin Fields and Colts top draft pick Anthony Richardson.

Indianapolis went with Gardner Minshew, who was 13-of-15 passing for 107 yards and a second-quarter touchdown pass of 4 yards to Juwann Winfree.

Ehlinger was 9-for-14 for 124 yards. He also was the Colts’ leading rusher, with eight carries for 60 yards, including a 5-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to pull Indianapolis within 17-13 after a failed conversion pass.

But the Colts scored again on Jake Funk’s 4-yard TD run and his 2-point conversion run for a 21-17 advantage with 4:28 left. Matt Gay added a 35-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining in the game for the final difference.

Chicago’s Daurice Fountain recorded game highs with five receptions for 86 yards, including a 35-yard TD from Nathan Peterman early in the fourth quarter.

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Aug 19, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joey Porter Jr. (24) is tackled after intercepting a pass intended for Buffalo Bills wide receiver Khalil Shakir (10) during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Pickett, Steelers start fast, down Bills

Quarterback Kenny Pickett led host Pittsburgh to two first-quarter touchdown drives and the Steelers’ defense intercepted Buffalo Bills backup QB Matt Barkley three times en route to a 27-15 victory in an NFL preseason game Saturday night.

The Steelers scored 27 points in the first three quarters before the Bills got on the scoreboard in the final period.

Jaylen Warren ran 62 yards for the opening score on his lone carry and Pat Freiermuth made it 14-0 on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Pickett in the first quarter. Pickett finished 3-for-4 for 43 yards and the score.

Mitch Trubisky directed Pittsburgh to a score 3 seconds before halftime on a 3-yard pass to Connor Heyward. Trubisky completed 10 of 13 passes for 78 yards and the TD.

Buffalo starting QB Josh Allen was 7-for-10 passing for 64 yards; Barkley was 7-for-12 and threw interceptions to Joey Porter Jr., Chandon Sullivan and Elijay Riley.

Kyle Allen finished up for the Bills and went 12-for-15 for 112 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to Justin Shorter (team-high five receptions) with 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

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Aug 19, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates running back Raheem Mostert (31) touchdown against the Houston Texans in the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins rout Texans behind Skylar Thompson’s 3 TDs

Backup quarterback Skylar Thompson threw for 157 yards and three touchdowns to lead the visiting Miami Dolphins to a 28-3 victory over the Houston Texans on Saturday.

Tua Tagovailoa started and played two series for Miami, throwing for 61 yards and an interception. Raheem Mostert’s 2-yard rushing TD opened the scoring for the Dolphins in the first quarter.

Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud played the first half, completing 7 of 12 passes for 60 yards. He led the Texans to their only score, a 35-yard field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn to open the second quarter.

Davis Mills played the second half, throwing for 94 yards for Houston, which was held to 186 total yards.

Thompson finished 15-for-22 passing. Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed rushed for 99 yards on 12 carries.

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Aug 18, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (9) scrambles in front of New York Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari (51) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Jones’ brief outing helps Giants top Panthers

Daniel Jones threw a touchdown pass to cap his lone drive and the New York Giants held on for a 21-19 win over the Carolina Panthers on Friday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Jones was fully in control while marching the Giants 75 yards in 10 plays to open the game. He completed 8 of 9 passes for 69 yards and ran once for 6 yards. Jones connected with Daniel Bellinger for a 4-yard touchdown to open the scoring.

The Giants (1-1) went on to lead 21-3 at halftime before the Panthers (0-2) made it close.

Carolina rookie quarterback Bryce Young saw action in the opening two drives, which ended in a punt and a field goal. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft went 3 of 6 for 35 yards and ran once for 1 yard.

Tyrod Taylor (9 of 13, 90 yards, one touchdown) and Tommy DeVito (9 of 11, 88 yards) handled the bulk of the quarterback duties for New York. Matt Corral (9 of 13, 71 yards) and Jake Luton (2 of 7, 41 yards, one touchdown) finished up at QB for the Panthers. Carolina’s Shi Smith caught four passes for 59 yards.

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Aug 13, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jake Haener (14) passes against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

NFL roundup: Saints sneak past Chiefs in final minute

Kyle Phillips snagged an interception with one minute left in regulation to set up Blake Grupe’s game-winning 31-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the New Orleans Saints over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs 26-24 in a preseason game on Sunday afternoon.

The Chiefs trailed 17-7 at halftime, but Shane Buechele completed touchdown passes to Justyn Ross and Kekoa Crawford during the third quarter to put Kansas City ahead.

It was 24-17 until Saints rookie quarterback Jake Haener found Ellis Merriweather for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 1:20 remaining in the game. New Orleans failed to score on a 2-point conversion.

But Chiefs QB Chris Oladokun tried a screen past left and Phillips, a defensive lineman, tipped it down to himself to give the Saints the ball in field-goal range.

Patrick Mahomes and Derek Carr each started and played one drive for their respective teams. The Saints started with the ball, and Carr led his new team on a 12-play, 80-yard drive punctuated by a 4-yard touchdown to Keith Kirkwood. Mahomes went 2-for-2 passing for 15 yards.

Raiders 34, 49ers 7

Rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw for 141 yards and a touchdown as host Las Vegas broke away from a tie just before halftime to blow out San Francisco.

O’Connell played the first three quarters and went 15-of-18 passing. His 9-yard pass to Keelan Cole Sr. with 34 seconds left in the second quarter put the Raiders ahead 14-7.

Running back Sincere McCormick scored two touchdowns in the second half. His 2-yard run expanded the Raiders’ lead to 24-7 late in the third quarter, and after Daniel Carlson’s second field goal of the game, McCormick caught a 2-yard pass from Chase Garbers to close the scoring.

Quarterback Trey Lance played the first half for the 49ers and completed 10 of 15 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. Sam Darnold and Brandon Allen followed, each going 5-of-8 passing, with Allen intercepted once. San Francisco’s lone score came on Lance’s 9-yard toss to Ross Dwelley. It tied the game at 7-7 with 8:29 left in the second quarter.

–Field Level Media